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It’s the end for Jon Lester

Pitcher Jon Lester has decided to end a 16-season major baseball career, as he revealed in an interview that aired Wednesday.

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The 38-year-old ends his career with five invitations to the all-star game and three World Series rings, obtained in 2007 and 2013 with the Boston Red Sox, as well as in 2016 in the uniform of the Chicago Cubs. . The southpaw has totaled exactly 200 wins during the regular season.

In recent months, he has found that he is struggling to keep up with the demanding pace of a year in professional baseball and no longer wishes to submit to significant stress.

“It happened a bit naturally. It’s more difficult for me, physically. The little things that happen during the year have turned into bigger things that hurt performance, he told ESPN. I would like to think that I am a decent self-analyst. I don’t want anyone to tell me that I can’t do it anymore. I want to be able to grab my sweater and say, “thank you, that was nice”. This was probably the most important reason. ”

A regular in the series

Lester made the playoffs in nine different seasons and made life difficult for many hitters. Among them is Mark Teixeira, who along with Evan Longoria is the one who was struck out most often by the pitcher. “His cut bullet neutralized me, admitted the one who bit the dust 22 times against his ex-rival. A throw was going outside, over the plate. Then he would come back with that cut bullet. […] He was a bulldog who wouldn’t concede, but he wasn’t afraid to allow a walk. He knew how to pitch against the offensive formation. ”

“He worked harder than anyone else I’ve been around,” added David Ross, who had the opportunity to serve as Lester’s receiver for the Cubs, to ESPN. When it was time to go to work, he would get to work. When it came to playing, he made sure everyone had a good time. This is probably the best compliment I can give him. “

In 2021, the Gunner played with the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals, posting a 7-6 record and an earned-run average of 4.71. He collected 19 wins in 2010 in Boston and in 2016 in Chicago.